This example outlines how to make your own project.
More details on each step, as well as some information on the key concepts behind Epicenter, are included as reference links. You can also find them in the navigation on the left.
Step 1: Create a Personal Project
- From the Dashboard, select Create a New Project.
- Enter the Project Name.
- Enter the Project ID.
- Select the project's Access.
More information: Project Administration.
Step 2: Write your Model
- Model files must be created in or uploaded to the Model section of your project.
- You can use Excel, Forio SimLang, Julia, Powersim, Python, R, Stella, or Vensim to write your model.
More information: Writing your Model.
Step 3: Create your User Interface
You can create your project's user interface using the built-in Interface Builder. This point-and-click tool lets you use templates to build your UI, and generates HTML files.
You can also create your project's user interface by writing it directly, either within the Epicenter UI, or by uploading files.
- For the layout and user interactions, you can write in HTML.
- A big part of the work in creating an interactive web application with Epicenter is ensuring that your user interface and your model are connected: user inputs are written to model variables, model variables are read by the interface, and operations in the model are called from the interface at appropriate times. Epicenter provides several different APIs, at different levels of abstraction, for you to choose from for this work.
See an example: Read through sample code written at different levels of this stack to see which interfaces make the most sense for you and your project.
Step 4: Share with the World
No project is complete until it has users!
- Personal projects with an Access of Public are available to anyone at
- Personal projects with an Access of Private are also available at
forio.com/app/your-user-id/project-id, however, only you can access them.
- Team projects, available at
forio.com/app/your-team-id/project-id, have several access options available.
More information: Updating Project Settings.
Step 5: What next? Teamwork!
A personal project is fairly limited, both in terms of project development and project access.
To get the most out of Epicenter, consider using Teams.
Team members each have an Epicenter account (so can create their own personal projects), and can collaborate on projects based on the Subscription Plan selected.
Additionally, team projects are not limited to Access levels of Public or Private. An Authenticated project is accessible only by end users that you and your team members create and organize into groups specific to each project. These end users can play with your project through the interface you create, but do not have project authoring privileges. For example, a Medium Team can create and host 5 Authenticated projects.